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Departmental READING GROUP: Jan SONNTAG

Jan SONNTAG will present a paper published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics at the next meeting of the Departmental Reading Group.

Field: Industrial Organization, Economic Development et Business Economics.

Reading:

Nicholas BLOOM, Ben EIFERT, Aprajit MAHAJAN, David MCKENZIE and John ROBERTS, "Does management matter? Evidence from India", The Quarterly Journal of Economics 2013, 128 (1): 1-51 (link to paper)

Abstract: A long-standing question is whether differences in management practices across firms can explain differences in productivity, especially in developing countries where these spreads appear particularly large. To investigate this, we ran a management field experiment on large Indian textile firms. We provided free consulting on management practices to randomly chosen treatment plants and compared their performance to a set of control plants. We find that adopting these management practices raised productivity by 17% in the first year through improved quality and efficiency and reduced inventory, and within three years led to the opening of more production plants. Why had the firms not adopted these profitable practices previously? Our results suggest that informational barriers were the primary factor explaining this lack of adoption. Also, because reallocation across firms appeared to be constrained by limits on managerial time, competition had not forced badly managed firms to exit. JEL Codes: L2, M2, O14, O32, O33.

Date: Fri, 2017/10/13 - 10:15 - 12:15
Location: SciencesPo, 9 rue de la Chaise – Room 911
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